During the Montessori training, we were taught to make our movement, volume levels and so on those that we'd like to see from the children. We learned to walk slowly and deliberately, use a quiet voice and eliminate fidgety gestures we weren't even really aware of. One teacher I know recounted seeing children in her class push repeatedly up the bridge of their noses with their middle finger. She was wondering what was going on with all these kids?! Did they all have the same itch or was it some sort of non-verbal message she wasn't privy to? Nope. It was something they'd seen her do a million times when she pushed her glasses up. It didn't matter to them that they didn't have glasses; seeing her do it, they absorbed it and did it, too! Magical, and a bit crazy, right?
Coco's imitation is becoming more and more refined. She will push Theo in at the table, she'll model really carefully for him how to lift something or pour milk. And then there's her doll "Big Baby". Big Baby has been around for years and Coco has always loved her. But now she's really starting to mother her. She asks her before bed if she'd like to sleep in her bed or in bed with Coco. She tucks her in, she feeds her. The other day she requested little diapers so she could change Big Baby. It is so ridiculously cute. And evolutionary science shows that mothering is all learned and not instinctual, so this is exactly what she's supposed to be doing.